Sidcup railway station
Location of Sidcup in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Bexley|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 September 1866||Opened|
|Lists of stations|
Sidcup station opened in October 1866 shortly after the opening of the Dartford Loop Line. The station was built 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Sidcup town centre in the parish of Lamorbey. It had a small goods yard positioned on the down side and a station master's house. A new booking office was built in 1887. In the early 1890s a signal box was built on the up side which was in use until November 1970. A station hotel was built near the entrance to the goods yard. The hotel was demolished in 1975.
In the 1930s the station was partially rebuilt with new platform canopies. In 1955 the platforms were lengthened to take ten coach trains. In 1965 a footbridge was constructed between the up and down platforms which allowed the closure of the down side booking office. The goods yard closed in August 1966. The following year a short turnback siding was opened at a cost of £50,000 on the down side to the east of the platforms on part of the former goods yard. This enabled services to start or terminate from the station without blocking the main running lines. It was extended in 2013 to accommodate 12 car trains. The remaining area of the goods yard became a car park.
In 1988 a new brick built entrance and booking hall with a glazed pitched-roof opened on the up side. In 1992 the platforms were extended to take twelve coach trains.
The station is situated on Jubilee Way in Sidcup, almost 1 mile (1.6 km) away from Sidcup High Street.
Facilities at the station include a mini cafe, a small newsagents, ticket booths, photo booth and toilets. There are also free bike racks and a car park. The station has ticket gates on both up and down platforms, although the down side gates are rarely used outside peak hours.
All trains from Sidcup are operated by Southeastern, who also manage the station.
Standard off-peak services are:
- 2tph to London Charing Cross, calling at all stations to Hither Green then running fast to London Bridge
- 2tph to London Cannon Street, calling at all stations via Lewisham
- 2tph to Gravesend via Crayford and Dartford
- 2tph to Crayford, then returning to London Cannon Street via Woolwich Arsenal
During the morning peak three services to Charing Cross start from Sidcup running fast from Hither Green to London Bridge. During the evening peak three down services from Charing Cross terminate at Sidcup. In the evening and on Sundays there is a half-hourly service to London Charing Cross.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Dartford Loop Line
and Sidcup Line
- "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 March 2009.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Lewisham to Dartford. London Suburban Railways series. Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith (Middleton Press1991
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